Flood warnings across UK

Flood warnings and alerts remain in place across the country as forecasters predict more wet weather. 2012 looks set to become the wettest year on record for the UK.

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Flooding disrupts rail services in the New Year

National Rail and First Great Western rail services are reporting line problems in the south west between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple as well as between Liskeard and Looe due to flooding.

Family stranded in cottage over Christmas rescued

A family had to be rescued from their holiday cottage in Gloucestershire after being stranded for more than a week.

The family were rescued from their holiday cottage (at top of picture). Credit: SWNS

Eight adults, four children and a dog were rescued on Saturday from the cottage which had become isolated after the Environment Agency closed a flood gate, separating the home from the rest of the village.

The family spent the week inside playing board games.

Simon Hughes waits to be rescued from the cottage. Credit: Simon Hughes

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Flood barriers raised in Hereford after further rain

Flood barriers were raised by the Environment Agency in Hereford for the first time last night.

Flood barriers were put in place in Hereford for the first time last night. Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency currently has the following flood warnings and alerts for the UK:

87 flood warnings (where flooding is expected)

207 flood alerts (where flooding is possible)

Click here to see which areas are affected on the Environment Agency's website.

New Year's Day racing at Cheltenham cancelled

New Year's Day racing at Cheltenham Racecourse has been cancelled following wet weather.

Anyone who has booked tickets in advance will receive a full refund, the racecourse has announced.

Flood residents should have 'direct line to central Government'

Communities in Cornwall worst affected by this year's flooding have been urged to make use of "a direct hotline to Government" to help prevent future disasters.

Floodplains were saturated and roads became impassable, while sections of Britain's public transport network ground to a halt in the county.

Tory MP Sheryll Murray, whose South East Cornwall constituency was badly affected by the flooding, has been in contact with Environment Minister Richard Benyon and is determined to pass on residents' concerns and suggestions in an effort to avoid future devastation.

Asked if that meant she had a direct hotline to the heart of Government, the Conservative MP said: "Yes it certainly is, the minister does take notice of what all members of Parliament say to him. He is a very, very caring, committed minister who looks for a solution."

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Some Ystalyfera residents back home after landslide

Some residents have returned to their homes in Ystalyfera in the Upper Swansea Valley after a landslide just days before Christmas. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is still advising people who live there to stay away.

This shipping container and van slipped down the hill after heavy rain Credit: ITV News Wales
The landslide on Saturday 22 December has caused significant damage Credit: ITV News Wales
It happened just a few metres from several homes Credit: ITV News Wales
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